At Mercedes there is a lot of talk, sometimes more than others, about electric propulsion. In Stuttgart they even invented the EQ sub-brand almost five years ago to distinguish battery-powered models, with the initial prospect of having about ten in the range by 2022 and covering between 15% and 25% of global production. So far, however, concretely, only the smart EQ, a niche car, being a microcar, and the EQC, for which at least 80,000 euros are needed, incentives aside, which make it affordable for a few.
But the landscape begins to change basically because the EQA, that is the electric variant of the GLA, will arrive in the spring. It will not be a car that you buy with small change, mind you, because you will need at least 50,000 euros, always net of state aid. But consider that we are talking about the same amount necessary to buy a diesel GLA 220d of the same power. Which is encouraging.
Mercedes EQA: the pictures
Compared to a thermal GLA, the EQA changes especially in the nose, where there is a closed black panel instead of the traditional grille and a horizontal light band that connects the two daytime running lights of the LED headlights, so that everyone understands at first glance that it is not of a canonical Mercedes. And the same happens in the queue. The dimensions are the same as the standard GLA, except for a longer length of 5 cm (the EQA reaches 4.46 meters) mainly due to changes in the front profile.
The interior is not radically different either from that of the thermal GLAs, although in this case too Mercedes played with lights and colors: there are backlit inserts and rose gold-colored decorative elements on the air vents, on the seats and on the key. However, it is clear the intention to give the concept of electric propulsion a reassuring idea of normality, without giving up some aesthetic emphasis.
The MBUX infotainment system is it is now a Mercedes workhorse: of course, it gives the possibility to communicate remotely via a smartphone application. In the case of EQA, the system is enriched with functions that help in the planning and management of “zero emissions” trips. In addition to indicating the position of the public charging stations, it also gives information on their power: a useful option even if, in practice, the effectiveness of the refueling points in the area is not always as promised. Precisely for this reason, the application provides a rating function, where users can make a star rating and leave a comment on the columns they have frequented.
Mercedes EQA, the details
In the debut configuration the EQA mounts a 140 kW front electric motor, corresponding to 190 HP, and 375 Nm powered by a 66.5 kWh battery that promises a range of 426 km based on the WLTP cycle, which is the one closest to the real criteria of use . Later will come more powerful alternatives (Mercedes says up to 200 kW, or 272 hp), even with a second engine mounted at the rear wheels to have four-wheel drive. And more capable battery packs will also be offered to increase autonomy up to 500 km.
The declared performances are 160 km / h self-limited top speed and 8.9 seconds to reach 100 km / h from a standstill. While consumption is 17.7 kWh per 100 km, again according to the WLTP cycle. Regarding the charging times – an always age-old question – Mercedes promises 5 hours and 45 minutes if you use a wallbox or a public alternating current column of at least 11 kWh to bring the charge from 10 to 90%. Instead, 30 minutes are enough in fast charging stations with 100 kW direct current to go from 10 to 80%. While with a normal 16 Ampere domestic socket it takes about 18 hours for a “full”.
The EQA will be available in six trim levels with prices starting from 50,190 euros, VAT included. A figure that is lowered by 6 thousand euros thanks to the minimum state contribution and 10 thousand euros in case of scrapping of an old car.
January 20, 2021 (change January 20, 2021 | 12:50)
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